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May 18, 2021, 2:45 PM

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Livestream of Google I/O  —  Tune in to find out about how we're furthering our mission to organize the world's information and make it universally accessible and useful.To watch this ke...
The Verge:
Live blog of Google I/O, where Android 12 details, updates to Wear OS, and low-cost Pixel Buds may be announced  —  Google is actually doing it live  —  After taking a year off, Google is back with its I/O developer conference for 2021.  Like most tech events over the past year …
Dieter Bohn / The Verge:
Google details Android 12's new design, based on the flexible Material You system, with better widgets and buttons, more animation, privacy features, and more  —  There are new features, but it's the biggest design update in years  —  Google is announcing the latest beta for Android 12 today …
Dieter Bohn / The Verge:
Google unveils new features for Workspace, part of an initiative called “smart canvas”, including smart objects in Docs and deeper integration of Meet  —  Google is launching a slate of new features for its Workspace productivity suite today, starting with new “smart chips” that connect Google Docs to other products.
Abner Li / 9to5Google:
Google debuts Material You design language, letting users personalize the look, with a “mode for every mood”, coming to Pixels in fall, then to Chrome OS, more  —  “Material You” is Google's “radical new way to think about design.”  It's a hyper-personalized approach …
James Vincent / The Verge:
Google announces LaMDA, a language model for dialogue applications that it says represents a “breakthrough” for having natural conversations with AI  —  Google wants to build AI that understands language better  —  Artificial intelligence is a huge part of Google's business …
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:
Google says Duplex will help Chrome users more easily fix compromised passwords, rolling out slowly to Chrome users with limited site compatibility at first  —  Google announced a new feature for its Chrome browser today that alerts you when one of your passwords has been compromised …
Mark Gurman / Bloomberg:
Sources: Apple is planning MacBooks Pros, Airs, Mac Pros, Mac minis, and larger iMacs with faster CPUs, new IO, more; MacBook Pro could debut as soon as summer  —  - Company developing Mac Pro desktop with 40 cores, new Mac mini  — Apple plans to swap remaining Intel part with in-house design
Monica Chin / The Verge:
iMac 24-inch (M1 2021) review: great CPU, sleek design, and good webcam, but limited ports, not the best value for money, can't upgrade anything after purchase  —  A new design, new processor, and new screen make for a winning combination  —  This is an iMac unlike any other iMac we've seen before …
Apple:
Apple says new iMac, iPad Pro, and Apple TV 4K will be available around the world starting May 21  —  Customers around the globe will begin receiving deliveries on Friday, May 21  —  Beginning May 21, customers can get their hands on the all-new iMac, the M1-powered iPad Pro …
The Information:
Source: Amazon is in talks to acquire MGM for between $7B and $10B, in what would be its biggest move to expand into entertainment  —  Amazon is in discussions to acquire MGM, said a person familiar with the situation, in what would be the ecommerce giant's biggest move yet to expand in entertainment.
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Nvidia extends its crypto mining limits to newly manufactured GeForce RTX 3080, RTX 3070, and RTX 3060 Ti graphics cards, which will be labeled “Lite Hash Rate”  —  New Nvidia cards will be branded as Lite Hash Rate  —  Nvidia is extending its cryptocurrency mining limits …
Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet:
Microsoft confirms that Windows 10X won't launch in 2021 as planned, instead being integrated into parts of Windows and other products  —  Microsoft officials have admitted what leaked a week-plus ago: Its Chrome-OS competitor, Windows 10X, isn't coming.  Instead, some of the 10X technologies …
Brian Krebs / Krebs on Security:
Many ransomware strains like DarkSide's will not install on Windows PCs with specific virtual keyboards enabled, like Russian, Ukrainian, and Belarusian  —  In a Twitter discussion last week on ransomware attacks, KrebsOnSecurity noted that virtually all ransomware strains have a built …
Charlie Savage / New York Times:
Court doc: Twitter fought a subpoena from DOJ under Trump to identify the person behind an account mocking Rep. Devin Nunes; source: DOJ under Biden withdrew  —  An unsealed court filing shows that the social media company fought the subpoena, which the Biden administration is said to have withdrawn.
Ashley Carman / The Verge:
Spotify will auto-transcribe certain original shows in the coming weeks as part of a beta rollout of the feature that it aims to eventually enable for all shows  —  With a goal of a wider rollout  —  Spotify announced multiple updates to make its app more accessible across iOS and Android today …
Cameron Faulkner / The Verge:
Oculus' latest update for its Quest headsets adds a Live Overlay casting feature that allows mixed reality capture with just an iPhone model XS or newer  —  v29 is packed with features  —  Oculus will soon roll out its v29 software for Quest and Quest 2 headsets, and this one adds more features and functionality to the lineup.
Packy McCormick / Not Boring:
Profile of fashion e-commerce app Shein, which ranks #1 in the App Store's Shopping category in 56 countries and is the most trafficked fashion site globally  —  The Quiet Chinese Quindecacorn America's Gen Z Shoppers Are #Addicted To … This week's Not Boring is brought to you by... It's Not Magic.
New York Times:
Sources detail how Apple relented to escalating demands from China, making changes to governance of its Chinese users' data and agreeing to censor its platforms  —  Apple built the world's most valuable business on top of China.  Now it has to answer to the Chinese government.
Bloomberg:
Sources: Robinhood plans to reveal its IPO filing as soon as next week, targeting a late June market debut  —  - Trading app is aiming to go public toward the end of June  — Potential investors to get look at financials, risks  —  Robinhood Markets Inc. plans to reveal filings …
More: CoinDesk
Zachery Eanes / Raleigh News & Observer:
Brad Stone's new book says Amazon's HQ2 search team had Raleigh, Chicago, and Philadelphia as their top three picks, but Amazon passed on those recommendations  —  Listen to our daily briefing:  —  How close was Raleigh to actually landing Amazon's hyped-up search for its second headquarters, or HQ2, just a few years ago?

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